Your first mountain bike trip is finally here! It’s exciting and nerve wracking at the same time, and we bet you can’t wait to get out and enjoy it. That said, you must have some doubts, which is totally normal before trying something new. In this article we’ll try to put those doubts to bed and let you in on the things that we weren’t told before our first trip, you lucky thing!
Distances Can’t Be Compared
Whoever invites you will probably tell you how many kilometres you’ll be doing. They’ll probably say 10-20km. The first thing you’ll say to that? Man, that’s nothing!
If you’re an experienced city cyclist you will be thinking that 10km is nothing, but don’t get head of yourself; the kilometres in mountain biking are the not the equivalent to those kilometres on the road. That 10km of terrain will require different skill and ability to overcome obstacles, slopes, altitude and the use other muscles that aren’t normally brought into play.
So your first 10-20km mountain MTB round will likely make you suffer a lot. Still, it’ll leave you wanting more.
What You Need To Bring
It’s important that, no matter the trip, you need to take: a helmet, gloves, water and something to eat. On top of this you should wear suitable clothes for the temperature on that day
Now remember, travel light! Sometimes the long distances in mountain biking demand more hydration than your average trip. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to carry 5 litres of water. Whatever you take, you’ll be carrying on your back, so packing heavy will fatigue you much quicker. I recommend taking 1 litre of water and 1 litre of isotonic drink as well as snacks such as nuts, cookies, a sandwich and fruit.
Don’t Over Inflate Your Tyres
To bike well in the city higher pressure is needed, but for mountain biking? This would be a huge mistake. With over inflation your bike will bounce more easily and there’s more chance of losing grip, so don’t do as you would with a city cycling route.